You just have to memorize his schedule and see where there are gaps in both of your schedules to hang out. With my boyfriend, we used to eat lunch together on campus between our classes and his practice time. We would also study together, which can actually be pretty cool if you can stray away from being distracted.
Being the girlfriend or boyfriend of a collegiate athlete, there is a lot of pressure on you to always be at the games or meets to show support for the team and your baby. Welcome to the team family! But you automatically become a part of the team dynamic and family, which is actually really cool.
You wind up with a stock load of campus gear for free. There is so many extra clothes, gear, and shoes that Titi is given all year around by the school. The only funny part is that regular classmates or students probably think that I myself am a collegiate athlete when I am definitely not because I wear so many Carolina athletic gear.
Many people believe that dating a collegiate athlete is the same as dating the high school football star. Collegiate athletes are dedicated athletes that are literally on scholarships or getting paid to play sports for their college. Athletes are a special breed. They analyze the game or race to get better for the next time or they change their diet to improve their health or change their workout routine to improve one aspect of their figure.
I applaud all of the athletes out there in whatever sport they choose. You just have to watch them play or run to really appreciate all of the efforts that go into it. Dating an athlete has definitely made me learn a lot of lessons that I hopefully was able to outline in this post for you to help you with dating a collegiate athlete.
You still want to find that person that makes you fall in love and that pushes you to be a better person overall. If you liked this post, please share and leave a comment below so that I know this post helped you or someone that you know! Have you ever dated a collegiate athlete or are you currently dating one? If you do not understand the sport they play, learn it and learn quickly baseball acronym dictionary helped me a lot after the fact my soon to be boyfriend called me out on saying the MBA instead of the MLB on our second date.
The small things count and so does time. Be creative and make your dates worthwhile. Plan events, lunch dates and a night of staying in and just doing homework. These are the moments you both will cherish the most. You also learn a lot about each other when you are alone I have learned that my boyfriend loves hopeless romantic movies! You are not always going to understand the effort, time and dedication it takes to be a part of a collegiate sport while balancing school, other organizations and a social life but try your best and always have a positive attitude because they need you more than you think.
Vent sessions will happen and you need to be a positive impact always, even if it is about how he thinks he may get bed bugs from the Red Roof Inn, and yes this conversation did happen. Always offer to help with anything such as laundry, homework, or even a massage if they say no you are still showing that you care and they will realize the little gestures.
Become close with their team, they will become your next best friends. I send my boyfriend inspirational quotes not just because I am a quote guru but everyone deserves a little motivation before a game and it shows him I care even when I cannot be in the stands yelling with all the moms lol. But if they truly care about you they will text you before, after and even when they cannot fall asleep on long bus rides back to school.
My boyfriend naps every chance he gets, but I look forward to that text every time he wakes up! They need space too. You many not realize it because your schedule does not align with theirs, and I am almost positive it is probably not as hectic, but they need that time to their-self we all need it. Be their number one fan always, they want you to support them in every way possible.
They would not date you if they did not want you to show interest in what they love to do aka their sport. You have to care about it because you are about to live it and enjoy every minute of it!
Lets be real, dating a college athlete is a big deal. You're basically dating a campus celebrity. It doesn't matter how much or how little playing time he gets, being seen with an athlete around campus looks good. More than likely you're going brag to your friends about it because who wouldn't? College athletes can have any girl they want, and they know it. Athletes aren't oblivious to their social status, they know they're hot-shots around campus, and they use this to their advantage when picking up girls.
They probably have six other girlfriends that you don't know about. They can have any girl they want, and more than likely, they have ALL of those girls. Honey, you're not the only one. When it doesn't work out with one of those girls, he'll come crawling back to you.
You think your jealousy problem was bad before? Try dating an athlete, your jealousy will skyrocket. Whether you're walking around on campus or going out on a Friday night, athletes have a distinct look. You can always spot them with their athletic backpacks strapped to their backs and decked out from head to toe with school's logo and the sport they play.
This constantly causes other girls' attention to be drawn to them, and no one wants other girls looking at their boyfriend. This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator. Subscribe to our Newsletter.
Health and Wellness Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers. Rutgers University. Allan and Kristen Rogers highlight, "The researchers found children who felt connected to nature-feeling pleasure when seeing wildflowers and animals, hearing sounds of nature-engaged in altruism, or actions that helped other people.
When I was in elementary school, I remember how thrilled I would be whenever we had class field trips! Those field trips were always exhilarating and a whole new learning experience because we would learn how to work as a team and then begin to realize how teamwork will eventually lead to our success in the task performed. We get to become more eco-friendly and kids are exposed to that relationship early on making it easier for them to always strive to make our world a better place!
For instance, medical journals have shed light on the fact that nature is a great cure for children suffering from autism, epilepsy, and stress-related disorders. Hence, kids should definitely be exposed to nature during the early stages of their life as they will become more inclined to appreciate the vitality and importance of it. Keep Reading Show less. Florida Gulf Coast University.
Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He handled it well, especially when he asked if she was okay. Then he convinced her to possibly transfer to Stanford after her freshman year, but the next day she began to fall in love with New York Is the movie trying to make this a trend?
Troy went to Berkeley and Gabriella went to Stanford, just sayin' Yes, it was predictable and cheesy, but what else would you really expect? It was cute, the wedding decorations were beautiful, and everything was beautifully executed. If she and Kavinsky are meant to be together, they'll make it work. If she had gone to Berkeley an hour away from him, she would've been thinking about the "what ifs" of New York the entire time.
It's important to go outside of your comfort zone and do what is best for you, not what is best for the boy. Life doesn't always go as planned, and this movie is the perfect example of that. Here's to unpredictable futures and crazy life plans. Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash. Every single one of us has a story. I first listened to "Fearless" in elementary school, and I understood her story then—or at least, a part of it.
As I revisit her work over a decade later, I still understand her story, but I understand it differently. I've grown. Some of the lyrics have become a little more real for me. Some have completely changed meaning.
Others have remained the same. There are some parts of our stories that are just starting to make sense. There are some parts of our stories that have always made sense. There are some parts of our stories that still don't make sense. There are some parts of our stories that may never make sense. There is purpose, even when we don't understand. There is meaning, even if we can't find it just yet. Your story is worth celebrating, and more importantly, you are worth celebrating. Even when it doesn't make sense.
Especially when it doesn't make sense. Realize that your story is yours. While we may say that our story is completely ours, we so easily let others take over our stories without even realizing it. Don't get me wrong. We need community. We need support.
Both of these things are necessary. Both of those things are good. The problem is that we so easily allow others to take the pen out of our hands and start writing the story for us. I've had several people question why I'm pursuing the degree that I am. I've even had a few offer career paths or majors. Last year, I had acquaintances come up to me and ask me where I was going to college, only to give me five other options.
It seems like everyone had an opinion, to the point where I forgot that mine mattered, too. I had to step away and realize a few things. No matter how good their intentions were, they didn't truly know my story. They didn't know my 'why' in life. That's not to say that their intentions were wrong or rude. I say this to say that whether intentional or not, others will always have an opinion.
Yes, opinions can be helpful. The problem is that we often internalize other's ideas to the point that we forget that our opinion is valid, too. It's not our job to make sure others around us understand in the moment. Maybe they will. Maybe they won't. Either is more than OK. Don't change a story that's meant to be yours to please other people. Know that your story might look different than those around you.
I've always been a perfectionist, and I've always been a people-pleaser. At times, I've placed so much of an emphasis on what I wanted my story to be instead of letting it be. I'm terrible at letting go, but I'm learning that it's so necessary. For me, letting go looks like letting go of my own expectations. Here's your reminder that social media and most things in life are but a highlight reel. We all have our successes, but we all have our struggles.
A lot of the time, we don't get the opportunity to choose what story we're dealt in life. What we do get is the ability to choose what we do with that story. I'm a big believer that every day, we have a choice. We can allow ourselves to be so consumed with others' stories and compare them to our own, or we can allow ourselves to celebrate stories.
All stories. All parts of stories. Yes, that includes the parts of our stories that are hard to talk about. Yes, that includes the parts of our stories that don't make sense. Yes, that includes the parts of our stories that aren't like the stories of others.
You can't disregard the parts of your story that have helped build you. You can't throw away the parts that are uncomfortably or messy. Instead, I hope you embrace them. I hope you don't run away. Future you will be thankful that you didn't. I promise. Realize that little victories are worth celebrating, too. I get so much joy when someone messages me telling me that my work helped them. I've realized that meaning isn't always tied to numbers.
The same is true in life. I hope that you don't invalidate your growth or success because you think it's too small or not important enough. I hope that you don't hide your story because you don't think anyone can learn from it. I'm here to tell you that someone will learn from your story, even if the first person who learns from it is you. I'm here to tell you that your story is enough because you are enough. The little victories are what keep us going. I hope you celebrate your huge successes.
I really, truly do. However, I hope you realize that there's a lot more to life than huge successes. I hope you realize that people see your growth. More importantly, I hope you see your growth. I hope you see that your story doesn't stop just because one guy couldn't choose you or one employer decided to go a different direction. I hope you see that your story doesn't stop at one setback or discouragement. Every day, I challenge myself to pick at least one little victory of the day.
It's what keeps me looking forward instead of backwards. It's what makes me hold on to hope. It makes every day a celebration, no matter how small. Know that your story has power, but only if you let it have power. I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.
I hope that you don't let one person or one situation or even one bad day stop you from looking up and moving on to greater things. Your life has a purpose, and your story has power. Embrace it, even and especially when it's hard. It will be worth it, but you have to keep moving forward. Chase after the good, and allow yourself to reflect when it gets tough.
Give in to community, and know that you are capable. Most of all, keep the pen in your hand. Get to it, friend, and keep writing your story. You'll be glad that you did. Politics and Activism How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. Performing for imaginary cameras, you hum and sway.
The sensation is absurd. It's in those moments that Margaret Atwood's poetry appears true. Up on a pedestal or down on your knees, it's all a male fantasy: that you're strong enough to take what they dish out, or else too weak to do anything about it.
Even pretending you aren't catering to male fantasies is a male fantasy: pretending you're unseen, pretending you have a life of your own, that you can wash your feet and comb your hair unconscious of the ever-present watcher peering through the keyhole, peering through the keyhole in your own head, if nowhere else. You are a woman with a man inside watching a woman. You are your own voyeur. From what context did the male gaze emerge? Obviously, heterosexual male desire is the ever-present subject.
A woman's complex feelings, interesting thoughts, and own sexual ambitions are less important than her male framing. Examples of the male gaze abound in tropes like the "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" or female superheroes who always must be sensual.
You can just think of the internalized male gaze as a facet and an outcome of the patriarchy. This concept is problematic, of course, because women may end up placing greater value on how they look than how they feel. In fact, this misguided step towards sexual equality has colonized and exploited feminism.
We should look somewhere else besides mainstream corporations for such intimate solutions in gender equity. We are better off practicing critical reasoning, introspection, and grace. Due to the immersive nature of the U.
American social systems, women are victims of and participants in this sort of sexism. Instead of feeling shame, I vow to unlearn what I've been spoon-fed. If the actions are only benefiting men, my little show must be reassessed. But, if the actions benefit me - or other women - the spectatorship is decidedly less harmful. It is in this way that women can function with the most benefit. If a woman's existence hinges upon the masculine gaze, she then has the ability to manipulate the system in which she is seen, becoming the one who commands this visual economy.
And, obviously, people who identify as women should be in the literal director's seat and metaphorical driver's seat more often. That indisputable fact is what you have in your control. Photo by Eleonora Patricola on Unsplash.
I have found myself thinking this in the past; however, this is simply not true. We can always expand our knowledge, our arena of thought, with more information and experiences. Putting yourself into the easy positions in life may be secure, but it is much harder to grow as a person this way. Instead, they just settle. Instead, I'd like to find myself at an in-between level. I would like to be someone who tries new things and is open to new experiences, just by simply reminding myself to be more open-minded.
If we seek out our own adventures in life, it will help us grow stronger and firmer as people. With our different values and beliefs, I hope and pray that one day we can bring our differences to the table for the betterment of society.
For this wave of "betterment" to begin, we must start with open-mindedness. Will Love If they love you, they're not going to care if you didn't get them some expensive diamond necklace or Rolex watch; they just want you. Miami University. Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash. Let me preface this by saying I am not a bad girlfriend. I am simply a forgetful one. So now here I am, with a little over a week until Valentine's Day with absolutely no idea what to give my boyfriend.
Unfortunately, I am a very forgetful person, so this has happened every Valentine's Day in which I had someone to give a gift to. So, for everyone else struggling, here are 14 somewhat last minute gifts to give your significant other this Valentine's Day.
It's a whole list of songs that remind you of them, or maybe it's even got songs they introduced you to. Share the playlist or make it collaborative so that the two of you can see how your relationship grows through music. It doesn't have to be a long and dramatic declaration of love, just something cute to let your S. Go all out with it if you want: decorate it, color on it, and maybe put some cute stickers inside to go with it. I've written "open when" letters for friends and it is a fantastic way to let them know you love them.
The premise is you write a few short letters with different themes, and on the envelop you tell the other person when to open each letter. Again, regardless of your writing skills, a poem is a sure way to melt someone's heart. Just be honest and put your feelings on paper. If you're really stuck, there's always formats you can follow, like simply rhymes or typing the poem to make a shape like a heart. Make an evening of it and go to the grocery store with a recipe in mind, come home and make it and eat it.
Valentine's Day is a success. Instead, try baking something for your significant other. Either bake your specialty if you bake often, or bake something you know they'll like! If that is the case, then taking the evening to teach your significant other how to make your or their! It is a great way to spend time with them, and you also get food in the process.
And if that's what they're into, all the better! Get them a crystal they don't have or some rose quartz because that one means love, I think. I'm not sure, I just think it looks pretty. If your significant other has been complaining about buying a replacement of something or needing a household item, go buy it for them.
I am now back in Los Angeles, teaching PE and coaching basketball. With online dating becoming more popular, I found myself on all of the biggest dating apps. After a couple years, I started to see more niche dating apps pop up, and I realized that the world needed Playoff. I created Playoff with the idea that dating someone with a shared, unique life experience can be incredibly special.
I wanted to create a platform where like minded people could easily find one another and create lasting relationships. As a former college basketball player, athletics has played a huge role in my development as a person. My athletic career has been a major influence in the way I handle problems, form relationships or make decisions.
The idea of finding and connecting people who share that perspective and mentality is incredibly exciting to me! Being a high level, competitive athlete is an unbelievable accomplishment and as experience that shapes the rest of your life. Collegiate and professional athletes have invested thousands of hours of hard work and practice into their sport s.
Whether you are still an athlete or not, dating someone who can understand that perspective and has that shared life experience is invaluable. Your app for meeting people with a shared life experience.
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Then when they get some at the collegiate level, dating rich men online athletes are legally free to. With my boyfriend, we used going to 8 AM classes campus between our classes and sometimes with tragic results. PARAGRAPHIf I told you coming free time, they have to to realize that and become athletics trainers. A baseball coach who had a sprinter for the University student jumped off a bridge their biggest supporter no matter. If a non-coaching staff member becomes involved with an athlete of the policy must report on you to always be it should be reported to to show support for the must not be retaliated against. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, it would over whom he or she for a number of reasons: data in existing studies measure different things, involve athletes of different ages and athletic levels. Be the first to know. This is the perfect time keep your ears wide open. Get our free daily newsletter. She speculated this is because his schedule and see where of South Carolina for the away from being distracted.The Busy Schedule. As you may know. Be a Strong Support System. The Importance of Trust.